The LEGO Movie
Emmet (Chris Pratt), an ordinary LEGO figurine who always follows the rules, is mistakenly identified as the Special -- an extraordinary being and the key to saving the world. He finds himself drafted into a fellowship of strangers who are on a mission to stop an evil tyrant's (Will Ferrell) plans to conquer the world. Unfortunately for Emmet, he is hopelessly -- and hilariously -- unprepared for such a task, but he'll give it his all nonetheless.
Release Date: February 07, 2014
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At risk of setting unrealistic expectations for you, this movie was absolutely amazing. The story was much better than I was expecting. My four year-old daughter liked it, but it still felt like it was mostly written for grown-ups. I laughed, I got teary, I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. It was imaginative and wonderful. The animation was delightful and clever. I can't imagine Lego doing a better job with the movie. Perfection.
See? I told you I was going to set unrealistic expectations. :)
The screener we saw was in 3D and, as far as the 3D-ness goes...meh. Don't bother paying extra for it. Worse, I feel I missed some design/animation details because of it.
The scary parts were minimal...red-eyed Lego robots, mostly. Like I said, my four year-old daughter liked it and didn't get scared.
If you grew up with Legos in any way, you'll absolutely love the nods to the toys/sets/culture.
P.S. There's nothing to stay for at the end of the credits.February 1st, 2014 · Details6 Thanks ·
Walking out to the car after watching The Lego Movie, I asked my son if he could hear me laughing during the movie. He replied, "Dad, the entire movie theater could hear you laughing." Honestly this is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. Kids loved it too.4 Thanks ·
How much fun was this movie? Jokes across the board that kids of all ages would enjoy. Emmet is "THE CHOSEN ONE" or maybe he isn't. Either way Emmet and friends are trying to save their world from President Business and his "KRA GLE"
The animation was awesome. The theme song was awesome. Everything about this movie was awesome.3 Thanks ·
With a ton of moving parts — from plot to characters to all the pieces flying across the screen — "The Lego Movie" met just about every expectation our family had. The movie (plus two big tubs of popcorn) kept all of our kids (ages 22 months to 9 years) engaged for the most part. My kids loved how random and frenzied all the elements were. Adults will appreciate the dialogue and pop-culture references, which create a few laugh-out-loud moments. The conclusion provides an unexpected twist and a relatable theme, tying up the film nicely — though perhaps a bit too tidy. This film is both smart and playful, nostalgic and current. Well worth a family's time.3 Thanks ·
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In a Nutshell: Quick-witted fun for all ages, as well as obvious Lego lovers. While raising 4 boys, I’ve sucked up my share of miscellaneous Lego pieces on the carpet with my vacuum cleaner over the years, as well as stepped on the sharp plastic corners in the middle of the night one too many times, but I still love Legos. Actually, the plural of Lego is Lego, so I should change that last sentence, but I won’t because I’m as sassy as the movie.
I lived only a few blocks away from Legoland in Carlsbad, California for 6 years and even had an annual membership. That theme park is simply adorable and a truly fun amusement park for the whole family. One of the things I love about Legoland is its keen sense of humor and that it doesn’t take itself so seriously. This movie is exactly that.
The jokes fly fast and furiously and the story line is surprisingly thought-out with a couple of sweet twists in the end. It feels like free-flowing play itself with the satisfaction you get after building something well.
The fun flick is filled with tremendous voice talent, including Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, and Chris Pratt. Shaquille O’Neal plays himself, and Billy Dee Williams revisits his role as Lando in Star Wars.
Uplifting theme: Like most movies with Morgan Freeman in them, his character says the bulk of the inspiring lines in the film.
• “The only thing you need to be special is to believe that you are.” - Vitruvius
• “We all have something that makes us something.” – Emmet’s co-worker
• Emmet worries “What do I do? I don’t have my instructions!” illustrates the importance of imagination and creativity.
• “Believe. Then you will see everything.” - Vitruvius
• “You have to embrace what is special about you.” - Vitruvius
Things I liked:
• I can’t get that “Everything is awesome!” song out of my head
• I love quick wit. This movie’s jam is quick wit.
• The water in the shower, hot tub bubbles, and ocean white caps were fantastic
• I loved how Emmet did Jumping Jacks
• Frequent use of plastic Lego flames. It’s amazing how often they were able to use them.
• I thought it was cute how they tied in the use of instructions into the theme of the movie. Emmet begins showing each step he takes in the morning, as if he’s writing instructions for you to follow. Later, the good guys create a step-by-step plan to defeat the bad guys, identifying the correct order for you to follow.
• Twist ending
Things I didn’t like:
• No need to pay extra money for 3D. There is almost too much stimulation and the whole film is a bit manic, similar to Christmas morning when wonderful presents and wrapping paper are strewn everywhere.
• My little kids were too smart to recognize that when everyone gets a trophy for just paying to be on a Little League baseball team, then the trophy isn’t worth anything. They hated being told “Everyone is special” because that meant to them that nobody was special. This movie has a bit of that philosophy in it, although it tries to point out that everyone is special for different reasons.
• Cloud Cocoaland? I thought they could have come up with something more clever than that.
Funny lines: The adults were laughing more than the kids. Parents won’t have to suffer through this children’s animated movie. A lot of the humor will go over kids’ heads, and the wit happens so fast that you’re sure to miss some of it too.
• “Come with me if you want to not die.” – Wyldstyle/Lucy
• “Place the thing on the other thing and save the universe.” - Vitruvius
• “We’ll wing it. It’s a bat pun.” - Batman
• “You don’t know me, but I’m on TV, so you can trust me.” – Wyldstyle/Lucy
• “Let’s take extra care to follow the instructions or you’ll be put to sleep. And don’t forget Taco Tuesday’s coming next week.” - President Business
• “I only work in black. And sometimes very, very dark grey.” - Batman
• “Okay, I think it got it. But just in case, say it all over again. I wasn’t listening.” - Emmet
• “Do you see the quotations I’m making with my claw hands?” - Bad cop/good cop
• “Here are your pants. End of series.” - Wyldstyle/Lucy as she walks onto the set of the popular TV show “Where are my pants?”
• “Ow! That is going to start hurting pretty soon.” – Emmet
• “I WILL text you.” - Batman
• “This has been the greatest almost 15 minutes of my life.” - Emmet
• “I’m dark and brooding. Look! A rainbow!” - Emmet
Things to look for: You need to pay attention, because clever gags appear and disappear quickly, along with the rapid-fire wit. I’ll bet this film will do well with DVD sales, because everyone will want to have the power to hit the pause button on this one.
• I’ve never seen a surfer Lego dude with flowing, blonde hair!
• Bubbles in the hot tub in The Old West
• Cool Lego dust behind moving cars in the dirt
• Lego smoke blocks from a moving train
• There are too many details to mention. The Legoland amusement park has a “Minland” in the center of the park that is unbelievably detailed with hidden gems everywhere. This movie is like that.
Tips for parents: Relax and rest easy on this one. All of the profanity includes such lines as “Darn, darn, darny, darn” (Bad cop/good cop) and “Dangit!” (Batman & Wonder Woman). Pretty nice, right? Someone calls someone else a “butt”, but there is a surprisingy lack of toilet humor for a kids movie. Nice, right? There is a budding romance, but no Lego kissing.February 8th, 2014 · Details3 Thanks ·
Everything is awesome!!! It really "builds" up some fun family time. :)February 26th, 2014 · Details2 Thanks ·
The most interesting part of this film to me were the incredibly unique visuals. It would have been easy to go for a high-gloss 3D look similar to many "straight to netflix" Lego films that already exist. But what you get with this film is a very complex stop-motion film. Aided by technology, some of the more intricate scenes seem almost impossible to execute as stop-motion and are stunning.
The story line does not explore any new ground. In fact, it's pretty much straight from the Matrix. It works, since this is a kids' show, and because it's a Lego show.
Chris Pratt carries the show and it was neat to see his charm come through, regardless of the physical limitations of his Lego character. Morgan Freeman's character was also fun.
I'm not really into writing clean conclusions so I'm going to end this review abruptly right now.March 19th, 2014 · Details1 Thank ·
The LEGO Movie has to be one of the cutest movies I've seen in a long time. This movie has elements that are appealing to both adults and children. This movie starts as your typical underdog hero movie, and turns into a heart warming family building movie.1 Thank ·
A lot of people have been talking about how much adults have enjoyed the LEGO movie, so my brother and I went. It's a well put-together, creative film that is very child-friendly and has a good message to it, but it is not - in my opinion - a movie adults would enjoy sans-kids. Sure, there were some moments I laughed out loud, and no, I was never just suffering through to the end, but I have found other films much more engaging. I'll say this movie is worth your time - with kids - and mention that it really is very 'safe' ... with little to worry about content-wise.1 Thank ·
The Lego Movie had a brilliant script and the ending of the movie really was the cherry on top. The overall message was phenomenal for Lego lovers of all types and ages.
Parents should know the entire movie revolves around action, fight scenes, and conflict. Having stated that, the beautiful thing about the film is that they tapped into the average Lego user's mind. It didn't feel graphic or over-the-top with violence, it felt like your imagination as a kid. Similar to an Andy in Toy Story playing with his toys. You find yourself relating to the scenes in so many different ways. It truly has something for everyone who has ever played with Legos.
I'd argue that the script was written for adults who grew up playing with Legos and now have kids who are playing with them. I took my 2 and 1/2 year old daughter who actively plays with Legos but she seemed disinterested. I had to let her take over the popcorn bucket to keep her in the theater. My four year old niece quite enjoyed the movie and wasn't scared.1 Thank ·
A film parents won't mind seeing with their kids. Plus it isn't a film you need to worry about with you kids. Nice message St the end of the film. Only drawback is the continuous song that kids will be singing the whole time you are driving home.1 Thank ·
The Lego Movie lived up to my expectations. It is very funny and very creative. The animation is also very well done, to the point that I was not sure if I was looking at animation or real Legos sometimes. It is a little reminiscent of Toy Story, which is good. I also loved all of the classic Lego references and visuals, having grown up with a lot of them. It was all just a lot of fun-1 Thank ·
This movie movie was HILARIOUS! Our favorite characters were Batman, Emmett, and The 1980-something Space guy. We loved the clever word-play. And the surprisingly good message behind the movie. Our favorite line is:I read your dumb instructions dad, stop yelling at me! Haha love this movie!July 8th, 2014 · Details
I was pleasantly surprised by The Lego Movie. The animation and the story are all squarely aimed at kids who are better able to deal with all the visual noise than I am, but the film includes a lot of clever jokes for adults, most of which will fly over the heads of the kids. While not my favorite animated movie, it is splashy and fun and manages to work in an emotional moment at the end that was unexpected. It deserves at least one viewing, and your kids will likely want more... See Full ReviewJune 26th, 2014 · Details
I am actually not a Lego fan, at all. As a kid, I was too busy mashing things with my Ninja Turtles to create much of anything. So, when I saw this movie with my daughter, I did so without any particular fondness or nostalgia for the toys featured in the show. However, the animation in this show was amazing and that was in large part due to the look and build of the characters. Further than that, the story was fun and interesting and had some good messages including let kids be kids (a particularly poignant and timely thought with so much evil taking place against youth). My one knock on the flick is that it seems to get a little bogged down in the middle. I'm not sure if that's a fault in the film, though, or if I have not built up my Lego tolerance and tired of the images.April 16th, 2014 · Details
Very slow moving, 4 and 1/2 year old with men became bored and wanted to leave.March 9th, 2014 · Details
A definite must see. For all ages.March 5th, 2014 · Details
Really funny and good for kids of all ages.February 27th, 2014 · Details
It was very good! I can't wait for the sequel!February 25th, 2014 · Details
This was a cute movie - I really liked all the colors and all that they did visually with the movie. Lots of clever one-liners that my 5-year-old didn't understand. Fun for kids AND parents. :-) Actually has a "good moral to the story."February 21st, 2014 · Details
Fun movie. I thought it had a great ending. My 4 yr old girl was a little scared of the bad guy, but she enjoyed it.
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If you’ve seen what the Lego people have done parodying the “Star Wars” movies, you’ll have a pretty good idea what can be accomplished with a lot of humor and imagination.
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The animation is a plastic-coated blur at times. Many of the jokes will fly over the heads of the intended audience, and the sermonizing about being creative gets repetitive. But from its slapstick physics to its theology (“The Man Upstairs”), “The Lego Movie” amuses and never fails to leave the viewer –especially adults — a little dazzled at the demented audacity of it all... See Full Review
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